Congratulations to the Centennial High School Fencing team for a great start to the 2017-2018 season.. The men and women opened their fencing season at Johns Creek last weekend with many outstanding performances.
Maggie Fritts earned her third career gold medal in besting a tough female fencing field. After a stellar performance in pools, Fritts battled through the direct elimination (DE) rounds, defeating the defending league champion along the way. The 15-8 decision in the final puts Maggie at the top of the individual standings after week one in the Georgia High School Fencing League (GHSFL).
Cursten Howard was the other woman standout, earning team points with a 14th place finish. Howard had the unfortunate task of facing teammate Fritts in the round of 16.
Freshman Drew Walker led the men, taking home bronze in his first GHSFL tournament. Walker’s fine pool performance had him seeded 11th going into DEs, but he far exceeded that seeding in reaching the semifinals. Drew valiantly battled the eventual winner before falling 11-15.
It was a mix of old and new in what was an amazing overall performance for the boys. The Knights were dominant in the preliminary pools, as Jermain Leon, Daniel Sandfelder , John Atkinson, Nick Bray, Walker, and Roman Cheek were all in the top 16 headed into DEs. Leon (5) , Sandfelder (6) , Bray (7) and Cheek (12) were seniors scoring top 16 finishes. Buoyed by the performances of Walker (3rd) and fellow freshman Apollo Parnas (16), the men sit atop the GHSFL men’s standings after week one.
The Knights next fence on September 23rd at Centennial. Admission is free! Hope to get a great turnout to support our many seniors at their last home tournament.